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Under the Mistletoe (2006)

Devoted father and husband Tom Chandler dies in a car accident, but appears as a ghost to his teenage son Jonathan. Now single mother, Susan Chandler tries to concentrate on her reporter ... See full summary »

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George Mendeluk
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaime Ray Newman ... Susan Chandler
Michael Shanks ... Kevin Harrison
Conan Graham ... Tom Chandler
Ingrid Torrance ... Diane Holmes
Russell Porter ... Greg Roberts
Burkely Duffield ... Jonathan Chandler
Derek Green Derek Green ... Lester Brooks
Jerocko Harder Jerocko Harder ... Butch
Donna White Donna White ... Elvira Humbertone
Lindsay Maxwell ... Carole Stark
Peter Ruginis Peter Ruginis ... Santa
Noel Johansen ... Sterling Blake
Julius Chapple Julius Chapple ... Dwayne Mitchell
Brett Queen Brett Queen ... Charlie Cummings
Diana Mitchell Diana Mitchell ... Floozy Mother
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Devoted father and husband Tom Chandler dies in a car accident, but appears as a ghost to his teenage son Jonathan. Now single mother, Susan Chandler tries to concentrate on her reporter job and dismisses the idea of a ghost, but allows the school counselor, Kevin Harrison, to work with Jonathan. Tom and Jonathan arrange for Susan to enter a radio show's dating game, and conclude that only Kevin, a widower and coach in Jonathan's former favorite sport, ice-hockey, will do as his stepdad, while she leans towards lawyer Greg Roberts. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Performed by Extreme Production Music
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Thoroughly pleasant new Christmas film
4 December 2006 | by caa821See all my reviews

This brand new Christmas movie (Lifetime - made in Canada - where most new Lifetime flicks seem to originate) is an excellent one. It has the ethereal aspects many such pictures have, reminiscent of "Ghost," sans a murderer. It's not a spoiler to indicate Jaime Newman's character (Susan) and her son (Burkely Duffield as Jonathan) lose husband/father early-on in an auto accident. He remains pleasantly "around" in somewhat the same vane as Patrick Swayze in "Ghost," although more positively so, and thankfully bereft of Swayze's wooden, often annoyingly-lethargic demeanor.

There is a villain of sorts, but not with any real menace, with whom Susan becomes involved. Her son is drawn to his school's hockey coach and counselor, played by Michael Shanks (as Kevin).

The story has its plot lines, of course, but its crux is the three leads "finding" one another, in a fulfilling way for all, but without shedding the memories of the losses they've incurred.

All of these actors/characters are thoroughly engaging, and Ms. Newman, whom I had never seen, is both beautiful and likable. The film's supporting cast is also well-presented.

The youngsters in films can often be annoying with a capital "A." It is always great to find ones who are the opposite (such as Michael Douglas' daughter in "The American President," or Tom Hanks' son in "Sleepless in Seattle"). Young Duffield is every bit as pleasant, believable and most of all, likable.

This is one of the positive type of holiday films which should become one to be seen in many seasons to come.


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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV | Official site

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Appuntamento sotto il vischio See more »

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Insight Film Studios See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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